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Haddam Senior Center: July 2017

Submitted by Shannon Buganski.

Senior Center Summer Hours

Mondays 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Tuesdays CLOSED- except for Tai Chi at 1:30pm

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Thursdays CLOSED
Fridays 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Things are Getting a Little Fresh: Center Changes in Progress

As many of you are aware, there are some changes underway at the Senior Center this summer. Yes, things are getting a little fresh down here, in a good way! Thanks to the folks at Eversource, the Center will soon have a fresh new look with the completion of the interior painting project, now scheduled for July 18, 2017. If you’ve driven by lately or have stopped in, you may have also noticed a fresh new coat of paint on the outside. And that’s not it . . . we have some fresh new faces at the Center, mine being one of them. I am happy to announce that as of June 26, 2017, I have been awarded the position of Senior Center Director. I am very excited to be joining you all in the Center and am looking forward to serving you in this role. For those of you who don’t frequent the Center regularly, I invite you to stop by and say hello.

Another fresh new face you may see is that of Jessica Condil. Jessica has been appointed as the Social Services Coordinator, and will be managing such programs as the Food Bank and Fuel Bank. Her office will be located in the Annex Building (Haddam Public Health), 11 Jail Hill Road, Haddam. Jessica will be working closely with Eleanor Farrell, Municipal Agent for the Elderly, as well as Youth & Family Services of HK, and us here in the Senior Center. If you see Jessica, make sure to introduce yourselves!

Name the Newsletter Contest

We are re-designing our newsletter and are looking for your input. Over the next few weeks we will be holding a contest to name our newsletter. You may submit your suggestions one of two ways — either stop by the Center for an entry form or email your idea (include your name, address, and phone number) to [email protected] Entries should be received by August 11, 2017. All name suggestions will then be voted on by our Seniors, as well as the Senior Center Staff and the First Selectwoman’s Office. The voting will take place the week of August 14-18. The winning submission will be revealed in the fall newsletter, with the winner receiving not only recognition, but a $25 Visa Gift Card.

This contest is open to all residents of Haddam and Higganum. There are no limitations to the amount of name ideas one person may submit. In the event that duplicated names are submitted, the person who submitted the name first will be the one entered into the contest. If the newsletter name chosen has been submitted by an employee of the Town of Haddam, the prize amount will be donated to the Senior Center Nutrition Program. A few simple guidelines: be creative and original; keep name suggestions short (no more than 3-4 words); and remember that the name will be representative of our senior center community. We can’t wait to see what you all come up with, so get thinking!

Field Trips

Movie Matinee — Thursday, August 24, 2017

It’s showtime! To beat the heat, we’re heading indoors to the air conditioned theaters at Metro Movies in Middletown. Featured film choices will be determined based on availability of showings. Estimated cost is $5.50 per ticket, plus additional spending money for concessions.

All trips depart from the Higganum Green (unless otherwise indicated).  Contact Diane Gondek for more info. 860-682-3301

Haddam Seniors Summer Picnic

Haddam Seniors enjoyed a picnic lunch at the Haddam Neck Fairgrounds for this annual event on June 19, 2017, sponsored by the Committee on Aging and the Town of Haddam.  A special thanks to Marge Debold, Susan Rutty, and all of our volunteers for their efforts in making this a successful day!

Friday Morning Movies


7/21/2017 @ 10:00 a.m. – “Uncle Buck” (1989) starring John Candy

8/4/2017 @ 10:00 a.m. – “Secretariat” (2010) starring Diane Lane & John Malkovich

8/18/2017 @ 10:00 a.m. – “Going In Style” (2017) starring Morgan Freeman

Hearing Aids- Complimentary Cleanings & Consultations

 Beltone New England has partnered with our Center to offer free hearing aid services, including cleanings, consultations, and general assessments.  These services are being provided by Richard of Beltone’s Middletown office and will be offered on the last Friday of the month, throughout the summer.  To take advantage of this offer, please sign up at the Center.  Complimentary appointment dates are as follows:

  • Friday, July 28th (10:00-11:00 a.m.)
  • Friday, August 25th  (10:00-11:00 a.m.)

Activities at the Center

Feeling Crafty?  Stop in at the Center to sign up for our monthly craft activity.

  • Monday, July 17 @ 10:30 a.m. “Nature Suncatcher”
  • Monday, August 14 @ 1:00 p.m. To Be Determined

The “Ukuladies” are a gifted group of women who meet at the Center on Monday mornings, 9:30-11:00 a.m., as they share their love of music through song.  If you are interested in joining these ladies, please see Mary Ellen Larson for more information.

The “Silver Threads” Recorder Group meets most Wednesday mornings at the Center.  Practice begins at 9:30am.  Beginners are welcomed.  Please contact Alma Zyko for additional information.

Join in the BINGO Fun!  Every other Friday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. Check the Calendar for Specific Dates)

Weekly Tai Chi Classes  Do you want to improve your balance, loosen joints, tone muscles, and promote your overall well-being?  Tai Chi will do just that! For more info, contact Robert Michael at 860-301-6433 or via email at [email protected]

  •   Tai Chi for Seniors:  Tuesdays, 1:30-2:30 p.m. ($6/class)
  •   Modified Tai Chi:  Wednesdays, 11:00-11:45 a.m. ($6/class)
  •   Tai Chi for Adults:  Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m. ($15/class)

Old Fashioned Ice Cream Sundae Social on Monday, July 31  @ 1:30 p.m. Sign Up at the Senior Center

It’s a LUAU on Monday, August 28 at 1:30 p.m. Live entertainment, tropical refreshments, and FUN, FUN, FUN.

Holiday FAIR on Sunday, November 12, 2017 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Handmade Crafts (20 Vendors), Baked Goods & Refreshments for Sale. Contact Shirley Talbot (860-575-9267) or Paula Woodworth (860-345-8132) if additional info is required. All proceeds to benefit the Haddam Senior Center Nutrition Program.

We Love Volunteers: If you have a talent you’d like to share with us at the Senior Center, we’d love to know. Give us a call and we’ll see how we can put your gifts to good use.

Senior Center Calendar: senior center calendar- july 2017